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Unnatural Acts: A Stone Barrington Mystery, Book 23 | [Stuart Woods]

Unnatural Acts: A Stone Barrington Mystery, Book 23

When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case - and an old one comes back to haunt him - he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes…and plan new ones.
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Publisher's Summary

Stuart Woods is in top form…and so is his perennially popular hero, Stone Barrington! When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case - and an old one comes back to haunt him - he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes…and plan new ones.

©2012 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer 08-23-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a book lover, what can I say? I've recently discovered audio books. Oh boy!!

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    "good for Herb"
    Where does Unnatural Acts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As I've only listened to Stone Barrington novels, I would have to rate this one as one of the better books I've heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part of this book is moving Herbie to Herb and all that is implied with that. I like that Herb is now a successful attorney and am intrigued by the not-so-sutble hint that Herb may be the new Stone Barrington. A spin-off in the future perhaps? I've always liked Herbie, even when he was a, what did Dino call him? I better not use that kind of language! I'm curious as to what Stuart is going to do with Stone now that he is a partner at W&W. I don't know where he can go with that.


    What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dino. I love Tony's rendition of Dino's voice.


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    Poligeek 05-30-13
    Poligeek 05-30-13
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    "A New Low"
    What disappointed you about Unnatural Acts?

    I've read or listened to every Stone Barrington book up until this one, but I might have to reconsider in the future. The story is slow, with no real action. Stone seems like a minor character. Too many scenes feel like the narrative is drawn from an instruction manual or a lecture.

    Tony Roberts was the only redeeming point, doing his always great job with Stone, Dino and the others.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stuart Woods again?

    On the fence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Judy Centreville, MD USA 12-23-12
    C. Judy Centreville, MD USA 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    NatsCapsSkinsO'sTerpsFan

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    "Another winner!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unnatural Acts to be better than the print version?

    I can listen as I drive to and from work, giving me the opportunity to utilize this "down tine."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barrington. He seems to fall into manure, but keeps coming up smelling like roses.


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    Lionelle COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 11-18-12
    Lionelle COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2008

    I drive I listen!

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    "one of the best"

    I have read all the Stone Barrington books and I am hooked! This is the bestbecause of the growth of Herbie into a fine lawyer, dresser and good guy!! He inspires even me. The reader read in a way that had me cheering, laughing and gripping the seat!! It shows what happens when a slacker has a role model that helpshim become a better person, lawyer. And excellent dresser.I can already see a spin off of Herbieand his team!! I truly enjoyed this book

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    Wendy Seekonk, MA, United States 10-01-12
    Wendy Seekonk, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    Definitely


    What three words best describe Tony Roberts’s voice?

    A great actor, he does a great job playing all of the parts.


    Do you think Unnatural Acts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it does not seem to carry on like the other Stuart Woods books.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy listening to the books and appreciate the readers adding so much charisma to it all.
    I recommend audible books to others so they can multi-task. Not everyone has the same thoughts as I do.

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    Lucinda United States 09-20-12
    Lucinda United States 09-20-12

    Love a good book and great wine!

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    "Unnatural Acts - perfect title!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unnatural Acts to be better than the print version?

    Probably, I love to listen to Tony read Stone Barrington novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stone and Dino


    What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything, even when I read a Stone Barrington novel I hear Tony's voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when dad did what he did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 08-30-12
    Scott Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 08-30-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Yeah, boorriinngg"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Used to enjoy the Stone series. The dialog between Stone and Dino was always great, stories good. Now the characters and just boring and talk very "old fashion". Are these last two books written by Stuart Woods? Really, Herbie completely turns his life around becomes a great lawyer? Opps sorry if I gave away the story.


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    08-27-12
    08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Keep you guessing"
    What made the experience of listening to Unnatural Acts the most enjoyable?

    You were always trying to predict the next story line but were always surprised


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes the constant changing of story lines to different people involved


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Herbby used better judgment than I every expected


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne United States 06-24-12
    Marianne United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Needed more of Stone Barrington"
    What made the experience of listening to Unnatural Acts the most enjoyable?

    Herbie is growing up and that makes Stone Barrington look like a good teacher


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unnatural Acts?

    The End


    What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clear Voice easy to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-11-12
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "By the numbers but still a good Stone audiobook"

    If I were reading Unnatural Acts, rather than listening to them, I might have been less interested. It is Tony Roberts who brings the characters to life and makes the story highly enjoyable.

    I read a number of reviews and disagree. This was an enjoyable Stone Barrington outing with all the things I like about this series. My favorite part was there is little to do with Stone's way-to-perfect son and a lot to do with juggling many plots.

    The primary story in this book is about a very wealthy man that needs to control his son. Herbie Fisher takes center stage in this one as a lawyer at Woodman & Weld which leaves Stone and Dino to deal with a number of either subplots throughout the book.

    I am hoping the next books will tie together many drawn-out plots and hope there is a bit more substance to them then the thin layer of paint on this book but I still enjoyed it.

    -Bill

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